Woods Misses the Cut, Miffs Backers at the PGA Championship
For Tiger Woods backers and golf betting fans, Friday must have felt like a gut punch.
A month after shocking the golf world and winning his first Major since 2008, Woods missed the cut after a disastrous Round 2 at the PGA Championship.
Woods came into the day with odds of +4000 (40/1) with 888Sport to win the tournament after Brooks Koepka’s stunning 7-under 63 in the first round had him way out in front, a full nine shots ahead of Woods.
Starting the round at +2 after a 72 in Thursday's Round 1, the struggles set in early off the tee for Tiger, who failed to hit a fairway until the ninth hole.
He didn’t flash a smile until the 18th hole where he hit his best shot off the tee of the day and just his third fairway.
His second shot of the last hole was weaker, just missing the green. That set up a long putt for a birdie he desperately needed, but missed to the left.
Woods finished the day at 5-over 145, putting him one stroke off the +4 cut line. That ended all hopes of winning back-to-back Majors and essentially sent him back to the drawing board.
Tiger Woods misses the cut at the PGA Championship by one stroke. pic.twitter.com/mOs74Wx04G— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) May 17, 2019
It was a painful round, but it was looking highly unlikely that Tiger would end up making any noise in the final two rounds anyway even if he survived.
Woods wasn’t the only one sent home by one shot, as Bubba Watson, Steve Stricker, Jim Furyk and Sergio Garcia all missed the weekend with the same score.
That didn’t stop Tiger from looking frustrated at his news conference, but he did remind the media of one thing the day didn’t take away.
“I'm the Masters champion and 43 years old and that's a pretty good accomplishment,” he said.
Koepka Still Overwhelming Favorite
Koepka continued his absolute dominance of the tournament with a tremendous a 5-under 65 to improve his overall score to -12.
If he keeps cruising, he will become the first golfer to win back-to-back PGA Championships since Woods did it in 2006 and 2007.
He opened up a seven-stroke lead on the duo of Adam Scott and Jordan Spieth and remained the odds-on favorite to take the event with odds of -400 (1/4).
Dustin Johnson is second in most futures markets at +1200 (12/1), then Spieth at +1400 (14/1) and then Scott at +1800 (18/1).
FanDuel Breathing Easy
One group of onlookers that were likely thrilled by the result were the folks at FanDuel.
After agreeing to run its Big Cat, Cash Back promotion for a second tourney in a row, the bookie can now breath easy with Woods out of the running.
The sportsbook lost a whopping $2 million on Tiger's surprising Masters win both from wagers and daily fantasy contests.
Had Tiger won this weekend, FanDuel had promised to refund all entry fees for its $15 Big Cat Eagle contest, which features $100,000 in guaranteed first-place prize money, and its $3 Big Cat Stinger contest which offers $15,000 to the winner.
It'll be interesting to see how Woods eventually rebounds from the rough setback after such an incredible achievement, as he will keep looking for the right balance between play and rest.
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